152 new cases of corona were reported in China’s southeastern province of Futjian this month, including infections among illiterate students in at least four primary schools and two kindergartens, data from local authorities have found.
China’s two main vaccines have been approved for use in children from the age of three, but officials in charge of the vaccination rollout have not yet qualified children under 12.
Schools should implement anti-Covid measures
The education ministry said in a statement that schools should not become complacent and implement anti-COVID measures in a more efficient and targeted manner.
The cities of Putien and Geomen, where most cases of the new COVID pandemic have been reported, have canceled individual classes in kindergartens and primary schools, and most individual classes in high schools.
Wang Dengfeng, an official of the Ministry of Education, told state television that students and teachers are being encouraged to stay during the upcoming holidays. China began vaccinating students aged 12-17 in July.